October 5, 2016 2:02 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Walk and Bike to School Day

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Today is the 20th anniversary of National Walk and Bike to School Day and this morning thousands of students, parents, and community leaders across the country used active transportation to travel to school. Interested in learning more about the Walk to School Day? Leverage this communications packet all about this national observance and be sure […]

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May 23, 2016 12:58 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Indianapolis’ First Master Pedestrian Plan Moves Indy Forward

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  Earlier this month, on May 4th, the Metropolitan Development Commission in Indianapolis voted to adopt the pedestrian plan that was at the center of the work pursued by the Indianapolis Plan4Health coalition, Health by Design. The pedestrian plan provides a guideline for county leaders to follow as they make decisions that improve walkability.   […]

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March 31, 2016 11:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Public Outreach for Active Living in Columbus, IN

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This post was written by Emilie Pinkston, Senior Planner with the City of Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department. A key element of the Plan4Health project in Columbus, IN is public outreach.  It is vitally important to the success of planning projects that members of the community have the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed improvements.  Members […]

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February 17, 2016 3:36 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Columbus, Indiana: Walking Toward Greatness

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APA’s Plan4Health project, an effort funded by the CDC, supports communities working at the intersection of planning and public health to increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for active living. The Columbus, Indiana, coalition — Reach Healthy Communities — is pursuing strategies to increase walkability throughout the community. The coalition engaged the Walkable and […]

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February 16, 2016 9:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Walk This Way

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WALKSacramento and the Design 4 Active Sacramento Coalition are working on multiple fronts to improve walkability and health across South Sacramento neighborhoods. The Plan4Health coalition’s efforts are enhanced and complemented by the California Endowment’s work to improve the health of 14 challenged communities across the state of California through their Building Healthy Communities initiative. Collaborating […]

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February 1, 2016 10:00 AMCategory: Nutrition

Walkability and Local Food Production in Atlanta

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The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is championing efforts to link planning and public health by developing pedestrian-friendly streets and supporting local food production to improve connectivity and quality of life for people of all ages. In this mini-webinar, Manager Dan Reuter and Principal Planner Allison Duncan of the Community Development division of the ARC speak about […]

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January 28, 2016 9:31 PMCategory: Physical Activity

APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams

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  The American Planning Association’s professional institute — the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) — engages community members through the Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) program. CPAT is a pro bono technical assistance program designed to engage residents, key stakeholders, and local officials to address a range of challenges that communities face. The program is […]

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January 20, 2016 8:54 PMCategory: Physical Activity

National Association of Realtors Highlights Walkable Communities

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The Winter 2016 issue of On Common Ground, published by the National Association of Realtors, is all about designing healthy communities. The first article, “Walkable Communities: The prescription for better health,” features Plan4Health as one example of efforts to change the built environment to enable walkability. Plan4Health and its collaboration between APA and APHA combats […]

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January 19, 2016 6:23 PMCategory: Physical Activity

A Campaign to Get Indy Residents Walking

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By Health by Design WalkWays is working to “move Indy forward” as a city that’s accessible to pedestrians and those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices. For people in other cities, this might look like an easy job. After all, Indianapolis has earned its share of attention for walkability and access, with options like […]

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September 24, 2015 6:46 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planning and Community Health: Making the Case for Healthy Communities

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This entry is re-posted from the APA Sustaining Places Blog. To read more from APA, click here. Where we live greatly influences our quality of life and our health. We know that planners have the opportunity to impact walkability, access to services, transportation options — and more — to create vibrant, healthy communities. But how do […]

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September 15, 2015 9:47 PMCategory: Physical Activity

APA Joins Surgeon General to #StepItUp in Las Vegas

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With the recent call to action promoting walking and walkable communities, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy visited Myrtle Tate Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining him was APA member Greg Toth, AICP, of APA’s Nevada Chapter, providing the local connection to how communities can enable residents to walk more. Planners help shape the places […]

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September 10, 2015 2:15 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Answering the Call to Walk

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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a call to Americans yesterday that, put simply, urges them to begin to walk more. APA’s Anna Ricklin, AICP, was quoted in USA Today about this call to action: “How your community is planned really has a lot to do with how healthy you are …” Ricklin is the manager […]

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September 9, 2015 5:01 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Testing Bicycle-Friendliness in Nashua

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The Directors of Health Promotion and Education recently shared some news about different strategies that Plan4Health coalition partners are using to increase access for physical activity in cities. Learn how Plan4Health Nashua in New Hampshire is using big data to improve bikeability. Reposted from Plan4Health Newsletter What’s happening in Nashua? The Nashua Regional Planning Commission […]

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August 11, 2015 6:19 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Indianapolis Plus $500 Million Equals a More Walkable City

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Indianapolis is taking huge leaps in its efforts to increase infrastructure for walking and biking throughout the city. A recent Next City article, How $500 Million Turned Car-Centric Indianapolis Into a More Walkable City, talks about the city’s success and continuing efforts along with the recent Plan4Health grant provided to Health by Design: And this spring, Health […]

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